The government has now given details of the next phase of the country’s response to the COVID pandemic. It has made it clear that that in-school educational provision should continue for the vulnerable and children of key workers and school remains open every day for such students. It has also made clear that there should be some access to face to face, school-based teaching for Year 10 students (as they are in their examination years) after half term.
The Government will today meet with scientific advisors and teacher/ support staff unions to agree further details and guidance. Until then, all we can do is to think carefully about what this might look like for our students and staff, taking full account of the detailed government guidance on strict health & safety procedures and risk assessments to make the school as Covid-secure as it can be, in line with the national instructions issued to all schools in England. Once we have all the facts before us will we put in place a simple and clear plan for Year 10.
The newest guidance makes it clear that Years 7, 8 and 9 students should continue to learn at home (unless in school due to being vulnerable or children of key workers) until further notice.
Provision after half-term for Year 10 will still be very different from normal full-time educational provision. There will not be a return to full timetables and pupils will not be back in school full time. Any in-school provision and support will supplement pupils’ remote education and virtual home learning and all students must continue to work every day at home to complete the tasks and assignment set by their teachers.
We very much look forward to welcoming our Year 10 students back into the building as soon as we have everything in place.
Have a great weekend